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Grazier, James

(1902-1975) US author whose Hydra (1969) is a routine Young Adult tale, and in whose awkwardly written Runts of 61 Cygni C (1970) humans encounter approximately humanoid Aliens – they are one-eyed – and lots of kinky Sex on the planet 61 Cygni C. [JC]

Jahn, Mike

Working name of US journalist and author Joseph Michael Jahn (1943-    ), who also writes as Michael Jahn, and most of whose work of sf interest was in Ties for the television series The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women, and War (1975), The Rescue of Athena One (1975), The Secret of Bigfoot Pass (1976) and International Incidents (1977). The Invisible Man (1975) is another television tie. Jahn has also contributed Omega Sub (1991) and City of Fear (1991) to the Omega Sub ...

Dimopoulos, Elaine

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose Young Adult Dystopian Near Future tale, Material Girls (2015), is set in an America insignificantly different from the real world, except that that aspect of the Media Landscape concerned with clothes and fashion (see also Advertising) has here gained mandatory control over what is worn. Everyone changes gear according to diktat. The Satire is clear, though mildly couched. The two young protagonists, one a maven with ...

Swedenborg, Emanuel

(1688-1772) Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian. The first half of his career was devoted to investigations into a number of scientific fields, from mathematics and physics to geology, during which period, in letters written in 1714-1715, and elsewhere, he suggested the possibility of winged flying machines. In 1743-1745 he underwent a visionary experience, after which most of his writings became mystical. These later writings, which influenced the British poet William Blake ...

Covell, Ian

(1953-2019) UK author, bibliographer, book dealer and university administrator who first began to publish work of genre interest with "Some Notes on British Authors" for The Science-Fiction Collector in July 1977. Interviews with John Brunner, Michael Moorcock and Bob Shaw appeared in Science Fiction Review 1978-1979. Later work includes the J T McIntosh study J.T. McIntosh: Memoir & Bibliography (1987 chap), the DAW Books checklist An Index to DAW Books (1989 chap) and the A E van Vogt ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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